Red Soil Through Our Fingers

Title: Red Soil Through Our Fingers
Series: Red Soil #1
Published by: Smashwords
Release Date: January 15th, 2016
Genre: , ,
ISBN13: 9781310536861

A Mars colonist accepts a deal with a mining company to start a new life on humanity’s off-world frontier. But idealism turns to unease when reality becomes darker than the fine print foretold. With his farm under bio-genetic attack and the most powerful player on the planet as an enemy, Mahela has no choice but to run… and expose economic slavery on an interplanetary scale.

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“A fun, thought-provoking, quick, action-packed read. The writer has clearly thought about a billion aspects of colonizing Mars that never would have even crossed my mind. And he raises some really important questions. I finished the book weeks ago and I’m still thinking about it!”Karen B, Amazon Reader.

“[…] a surprising depth and complexity emerges from Red Soil’s inhabitants. The tight focus on a few characters helps keep the action moving and free of annoying digressions. The theme of engineered existence extends through the book, the possibilities and perils of human beings’ control of nature revealed in ways both grand and subtle. […] The world that Ratnayake summons into being is one still sadly underrepresented in genre fiction; a future that is proudly, irreducibly multi-cultural and multi-polar.”Morgan Crooks, Ancient Logic.

“What was great about this book was the realistic approach to Sci-Fi.[…] The analysis of human nature is very much on point. […] the storyline gripped my attention and wouldn’t let me go until the very end – I read the book in two days.”Amazon Customer.

"...a fascinating combination of socio-political issues and the future of engineering and space travel." -- Juliana Ulrich, GoodReads review.

More Information

SciFi Policy has posted an in-depth interview with N.A. Ratnayake about the social, political, economic, and technical issues in Red Soil Through Our Fingers.

For more information, read the many blog posts tagged Red Soil, which include excerpts from the novel and an inside look at some of the world-building.

Crossed Genres Magazine 2.0 Book One

Title: Crossed Genres Magazine 2.0 Book One
Published by: Crossed Genres Publications
Release Date: 2014
Genre: ,
ISBN13: 2940148265740

Read my short story “The Parched Lands” for free at Crossed Genres Magazine 2.0.

Crossed Genres Magazine returns with the 2nd collection of the first year! In this collection are issues 7 through 12, July through December 2014. 18 stories and 6 Spotlight interviews complete the first year of the reborn Crossed Genres Magazine 2.0!

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Issue Seven: Expectations

Nalin A. Ratnayake – “The Parched Lands”

Alena McNamara – “As Large as Alone”

Claire Humphrey – “The God-Seed”

Issue Eight: Touch

Luna Lindsey – “Touch of Tides”

Michael Ben Silva III – “Suits and Hammers”

DeAnna Knippling – “The Nest”

Issue Nine: Deadline

David D’Amico – “Depth of Perception”

Melissa Yuan-Innes – “A Quest for the Vulture Gods”

Athena Andreadis – “The Wind Harp”

Issue Ten: Stranger

Priya Dugad – “Adrenaline”

Rachel Udin – “Tadaima”

Memory Scarlett Arnould – “This Dark and Narrow Way”

Issue Eleven Favors (Gifts with consequences)

Alexandra Singer – “The Three Billy Goats and Plum”

Barry King – “Virtual Private Networking”

Ryan Britt – “You Can Take the Girl Out of the Werewolf and Put it In a Robot”

Issue Twelve: Young Adult

Jessi Cole Jackson – “The Rum Cake Runner”

Sandra M. Odell – “The Smell of Victory”

Kathleen Miller – “The World Without Hindenburg”

Spotlight Interviews:

Issue Seven: Alena McNamara

Issue Eight: Luna Lindsey

Issue Nine: Athena Andreadis

Issue Ten: Priya Chand

Issue Eleven: Barry King

Issue Twelve: Jessi Cole Jackson

We See a Different Frontier

Title: We See a Different Frontier
Published by: The Future Fire
Release Date: 2013
ISBN13: 2940045998543

Get a free copy of the short story “Remembering Turinam” at Smashwords.

This anthology of speculative fiction stories on the themes of colonialism and cultural imperialism focuses on the viewpoints of the colonized. Sixteen authors share their experiences of being the silent voices in history and on the wrong side of the final frontier.

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Preface by Aliette de Bodard

Introduction by Fabio Fernandes & Djibril al-Ayad

The Arrangement of Their Parts, Shweta Narayan

Pancho Villa’s Flying Circus, Ernest Hogan

Them Ships, Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Old Domes, J.Y. Yang

A Bridge of Words, Dinesh Rao

The Gambiarra Method, Fabio Fernandes

Droplet, Rahul Kanakia

Lotus, Joyce Chng

Dark Continents, Lavie Tidhar

A Heap of Broken Images, Sunny Moraine

Fleet, Sandra McDonald

Remembering Turinam, N.A. Ratnayake

Vector, Benjanun Sriduangkaew

I Stole the D.C.’s Eyeglass, Sofia Samatar

Forests of the Night, Gabriel Murray

What Really Happened in Ficandula, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Critical afterword by Ekaterina Sedia